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Walkers at Long Hills

​Walkers at Long Hills

Epping Forest has over 20 miles of surfaced trails and around 6,000 acres of forest to explore on foot. Whether you want a quiet lakeside stroll or are looking to train for a marathon, the Forest is a perfect place for walking and running.

The forest is open access, which means that you can either follow one of our nine way-marked trails or the other paths marked on our Epping Forest Map (200KB) or venture off the beaten track and cut across country to discover the hidden delights of the Forest.

Olympic runners training in Epping Forest

​Olympic runners training in Epping Forest

Way-marked trails​

More detailed maps showing all available routes and paths are available from our forest centres for £4.95.

For more information on other areas of the forest to discover, visit our where to go page.

Access for all

Many of our surfaced paths are suitable for visitors with disabilities and we have four dedicated easy access paths at High Beach, Connaught Water, Knighton Wood and Jubilee Pond. You can find out more about areas of the forest that may be accessible on our access for all page.

Orion Harriers running in Epping Forest

​The Orion Harriers


If you enjoy walking in Epping Forest, why not join one of our guided walks? Details can be found on the events page.

Get active and make friends at our weekly health walks. Each walk is led by a trained walk leader as part of a regular programme. Times and the meeting point are also listed on our events page.

Other groups, including the Friends of Epping Forest and West Essex Ramblers organize guided walks throughout the forest. More details can be found on their websites.

If you enjoy running, then you could join in the weekly Wanstead Flats ParkRun or join the Orion Harriers a local running club based in Chingford.

Would you like to organise your own running or walking event? Check out our licences page for everything you need to know or find out about our athletics track for hire on Wanstead Flats.

Other activities

Do you enjoy getting out and about in the forest? Why not find out more about orienteering opportunities?

The paths used by walkers and runners are also suitable for cyclists, dog walkers and horse riders.​

22 March 2012
Last Modified:
01 May 2018